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3.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 5 3.40 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Anne Gilman Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vineart War Series Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9781400185238
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Once, all power in the Vin Lands was held by the prince-mages, who alone could craft spellwines and selfishly used them to increase their own wealth and influence. But their abuse of power caused a demigod to break the Vine, shattering the power of the mages. Now, fourteen centuries later, it is the humble Vinearts who hold the secret of crafting spells from wines, the source of magic, and they are prohibited from holding power.

But now rumors come of a new darkness rising in the vineyards. Strange, terrifying creatures, sudden plagues, and mysterious disappearances threaten the land. Only one Vineart senses the danger, and he has only one weapon to use against it: a young slave. His name is Jerzy, and his origins are unknown, even to him. Yet his uncanny sense of the Vinearts’ craft offers a hint of greater magics within—magics that his master, the Vineart Malech, must cultivate and grow. But time is running out. If Malech cannot teach his new apprentice the secrets of the spellwines, and if Jerzy cannot master his own untapped powers, the Vin Lands shall surely be destroyed.

In Flesh and Fire, the first entry in a spellbinding new trilogy, Laura Anne Gilman conjures a story as powerful as magic itself, as intoxicating as the finest of wines, and as timeless as the greatest legends ever told.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brenda | 2/16/2014

    " I couldn't get myself to finish this typical boring book. I just didn't find myself caring about the main character at all. Sure - he's a natural, and as he's learning, the master is so surprised to see that he gets it right away, with every single spell - every single time. oye. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliza | 1/31/2014

    " Great premise. Flesh and Fire had more the feel of a prequel, setting up for action, than the first book in a series. I'm looking forward to the next volume, though I hope the action ramps up a bit and the plot gets a little less vague. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 1/31/2014

    " Magic system based on winemaking. COOOOOL. Well written, great characters, I can't wait to see what happens in the next volume. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/4/2014

    " This is the 1st book I have read by this Auther. Enjoyed the story very much.Hated to see it end. The story moved along very well. Liked the magic system, liked the use of wine to preform magic. Waiting for the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 12/29/2013

    " Very interesting twist on fantasy/magic! Loved the characters. The world was interesting. Intrigue and mystery. What's not to like? Can't wait to read the next one in the series! Would highly recommend this to all fantasy fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 12/26/2013

    " I am utterly fascinated by the unique nature of magic in this world. It is vividly realized and I really wish I had grabbed all 3 volumes of the trilogy at the library at once. Now I have to wait to see what happens next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/11/2013

    " This book took a long time to get rolling. I didn't find it particularly interesting until the last few chapters. Considering that I loved Hard Magic from the first chapter, the first in her paranormal scene investigators series, I was surprised that this one moved so slow. I liked her characters but plot-wise little happened until the end when suddenly the main character was in mortal trouble. I will get the next one in this series from the library. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 11/27/2013

    " Read at Lynn Flewelling's suggestion... I think I'm one of the few people who lack the requisite obsession with wine and the making there-of to make this book fascinating. It was an interesting book, but not voraciously so. An interesting main character, but I could have enjoyed a faster pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/13/2013

    " This book works a subtle magic on you. It opens slowly and then suddenly its over and your gasping for breath. this is also the first book in a long time that i was shocked that it was over, i got all anxious because now i have to wait until the next one comes out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taj Munson | 9/5/2013

    " Pretty "meh" book in my opinion, especially for a Nebula nominee. Though the unique take on a magic system was fun the bulk of it was pretty standard fantasy fare without anything else to really grab me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 3/16/2013

    " A fun book with an interesting premise. Also, be prepared to want to drink a glass or two while reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 11/28/2012

    " Well, that was an enjoyable introduction to a new world of magic based on grapes! I could only have wished for a bit more progress in revelations about the big bad but I guess I'll just have to tune in for the next volume. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Jenkins | 7/17/2012

    " First in a new series that I'm interesting in seeing more of. Interesting fantasy novel concept. Nice job developing the characters & setting - was disappointed when the story ended (which is a good thing!). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/11/2011

    " While the first half of the book seemed rather predictable and a bit cliched, the second half grabbed onto me a good deal more and in the end I was interested enough I had to go and order Book 2. There's a Book 3 coming out in this fall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taj | 11/20/2010

    " Pretty "meh" book in my opinion, especially for a Nebula nominee. Though the unique take on a magic system was fun the bulk of it was pretty standard fantasy fare without anything else to really grab me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 9/2/2010

    " I was quite impressed with this book, it was something completely different in the Fantasy genre. I can't wait for the sequel!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 8/10/2010

    " a good book, but it was pretty much standard fantasy fare, with the unique characteristic that spells were cast using wine "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 7/23/2010

    " Well, that was an enjoyable introduction to a new world of magic based on grapes! I could only have wished for a bit more progress in revelations about the big bad but I guess I'll just have to tune in for the next volume. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 6/12/2010

    " An interesting world and magic system [magic comes from wine, and the type of grape/vintage affects its properties:], but the entire story felt like a prelude: what would normally be the first quarter or third of an epic fantasy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brenda | 4/13/2010

    " I couldn't get myself to finish this typical boring book. I just didn't find myself caring about the main character at all. Sure - he's a natural, and as he's learning, the master is so surprised to see that he gets it right away, with every single spell - every single time. oye. "

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About the Author
Author Laura Anne Gilman

Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the popular Cosa Nostradamus novels, the Nebula award-nominated Vineart War trilogy, and the Portals duology, in addition to other works of short fiction from many fine publishers. She has dipped her pen into the mystery field as well, writing the Gin & Tonic series as L. A. Kornetsky. She lives in New York City where she also runs d.y.m.k. productions, an editorial service company.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.